BOSTON (WWLP) – The second annual “Ride to Remember” kicked off at 7:30AM in Springfield, to pay tribute to fallen police officers. 22News was in Boston where the ride wrapped up.
Hundreds of bikers made their way to the finish line in Boston at around 5:15 Saturday evening, all to raise awareness for police officers that sacrificed their lives to keep all of us safe.
Fallen, but not forgotten. More than 250 bikers pedaled from Springfield to Boston for the second annual “Ride to Remember,” including 22 News anchor and I-Team Reporter Laura Hutchinson.
Cyclists took on the 106-mile ride to pay tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty.
The first “Ride to Remember” was held last year to honor fallen Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres.
One Springfield Police Officer told 22 News, that it’s great to see people come out and support.
Officer Bob Patruno said, “You almost get goosebumps from it because you see all the people that actually stop on the city streets and there’s a lot of people out there and they cheer for us. They show appreciation for what we’re doing it appears.”
Bikers pedaled to the finish line at the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial outside of the State House.
In addition to raising awareness, cyclists hope to raise money for the memorial, which features the names of more than 300 police officers who were killed protecting the public.
Holyoke Police Lieutenant Michael McCoy told 22News, “It’s a brotherhood and everybody we work with, we know what we go through everyday and people might not realize it, but yeah, this type of event hopefully gives them a little more awareness of the things that we do everyday.”
This year’s “Ride to Remember” paid tribute to MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who died while securing the school’s campus in the days following the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
The event was, again, a success. Organizers hope to do it for a third time next year.